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Thomas Jefferson Norwood (1842-1933)
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Born: 8 May 1842 Carroll County Tennessee.
Married: Emily Elizabeth Pinkston (1842-1921) the daughter of James J. Pinkston (1805-1879) and Mary (1805-1900) on 2 Jan 1866 in Carroll County Tennessee. 5
Died: 7 Mar 1933 Carroll County Tennessee. 1 2
Buried: 7 Mar 1933 Butler Church Cemetery Carroll County Tennessee. 1 3 4
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William Norwood
Abt 1788-Bet 1850 and 1860
John Norwood
9 Jan 1807-9 Feb 1889
Married: 10 May 1806
Kissiah Langham
Abt 1789-Bet 1850 and 1860
Thomas Jefferson Norwood
8 May 1842-7 Mar 1933
Married: 16 Sep 1830
Civil War - 7th Tennessee Cavalry USA Robert O'Neal
Matilda O'Neal
Abt 1809-Aft 1890
Married: 19 Dec 1792
Sarah Elizabeth Davis
1772-Nov 1849

Spouse and Children

      Emily Elizabeth Pinkston

Brothers and Sisters

Thomas enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. He served with the 7th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry from 1862-18 65. Thomas' older brothers William R. and James W. fought for the Confederacy from Arkansas. Thomas was captured at Uni on City, Tennessee in 1864 and sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. While he was there he saw many of the men in hi s company die because of disease and filthy living conditions. His cousin William Norwood was one of the men that did n ot make it home.

After the war, Thomas went back to farming, which he would do for the rest of his life. Except for the time during th e war and a visit to Illinois and Arkansas he lived in Carroll County. While in Illinois he gave an affidavit concernin g the death of James Kilbreath at Andersonville Prison. It's not known if he made a special trip to Illinois to give hi s story. His account of James' misery was one of hundreds he saw.

Although he was a farmer, Thomas didn't own any land until 1886. Until then he had lived on his father's property. Th e section of his father's land he lived on was part of a lawsuit between his father and James J. Pinkston in 1871.

Thomas continued his association with former Civil War veterans well after the war was over. In 1889 he joined the loca l post of the Grand Army of the Republic.6 2 7 8 9 10 11 12 13


  1. Death Certificate for Thomas J. Norwood, , File No. 4697, Tennessee State Board of Health
  2. Thomas J. Norwood's Last Will & Testament
  3. Tennessee Republican, Huntingdon, Tennessee, Friday, April 14, 1933
  4. United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
  5. County Marriage Record, Thos Norwood-Elizabeth Pinkston
  6. Thomas Norwood's Affidavit for Mary Kilbreath
  7. Thomas J. Norwood's Civil War Service Record
  8. Roster - Isaac R. Hawkins Post - Grand Army of the Republic
  9. Thomas J. Norwood's Pension File
  10. United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
  11. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service
  12. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  13. Presidential Memorial Certificate